Scary, it happens in New Zealand.
Teachers who force-fed children to keep teaching
3:39 PM Thursday Nov 27, 2014Both women have admitted to allegations that they force-fed and mistreated children in their care while working at the centre, a Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal decision said. Photo / Thinkstock
Mary Lucia Herepo Ngapo and her daughter Rebecca Rose Ngapo worked at the Te Rau Oriwa Early Learning Centre in Tokoroa, which is operated by Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
Mary Ngapo was employed as manager of the centre, and her daughter Rebecca Ngapo was employed as an educator.
Both women have admitted to allegations that they force-fed and mistreated children in their care while working at the centre, a Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal decision said.
Rebecca Ngapo admitted to shovelling spoonfuls of food into a child's mouth, when the child opened their mouth to breath or cry.
Rebecca Ngapo admitted to confining children in a small room with the door closed for periods of at least five minutes at a time, throwing balls at children to get their attention, and rough handling children.
Her mother, Mary Ngapo, admitted to holding a child's head back and force-feeding them stew, which the child did not want to eat.
The tribunal's ruling confirmed the decision by the wananga to dismiss the two staff members, Te Wananga o Aotearoa chief executive Jim Mather said.
Mr Mather said a robust investigation was carried out after the allegations were raised and the welfare of their children was "paramount".
He said a new centre manager was appointed to the centre earlier this year.
Mr Mather said a recent review conducted by the Education Review Office said: "the change of leadership had contributed to favourable improvements in centre operations for whanau, kaimahi and children."
Mr Mather said the centre was focused on delivering a high-quality service to the 53 children attending, as well as building relationships with the Tokoroa community.